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4 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

Our guide to film series and special screenings happening this weekend and in the week ahead. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies.

BRILLIANT QUIRKY: JEANNE BALIBAR ON FILM at Anthology Film Archives and the French Institute Alliance Française (through Oct. 30). Starting on Friday, Anthology joins the French Institute’s in-progress retrospective on this French actress and singer, who won a César (the French equivalent of an Oscar) for her starring role in “Barbara,” Mathieu Amalric’s hall-of-mirrors film about a famous French singer that opens in New York on Oct. 12. Ms. Balibar’s résumé is filled with work for auteurs: In the experimental documentary “Ne Change Rien” (showing on Friday, Thursday and Oct. 21 at Anthology), the Portuguese director Pedro Costa captures Ms. Balibar as she goes through the repetitive, tedious rehearsal process. The series also features films from Jacques Rivette (“Va Savoir,” on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at Anthology) and Raul Ruíz (“Comedy of Innocence,” on Oct. 16 at the French Institute).
212-505-5181, anthologyfilmarchives.org
800-982-2787, fiaf.org

ALBERT BROOKS at the Metrograph (Oct. 5-10). More than any other writing, directing and acting comedian of his time, Mr. Brooks has been less interested in punch lines than in the long pauses between them. Through his movies, he has worked to capture the fumbling contours of human connection. He cemented that goal with his 1979 directorial debut, “Real Life” (showing on Saturday), which sent up PBS’s “An American Family” series, and followed it through to “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” (on Sunday), from 2006, in which a narcissistic comedian (Mr. Brooks) tries to venture outside his comfort zone. “Modern Romance” (on Friday and Sunday), quite possibly his best feature, is a daringly structured romantic tragicomedy about an on-again-off-again relationship that introduces Mr. Brooks’s and Kathryn Harrold’s characters in the middle of what — it eventually becomes clear — is a pattern in their courtship. The series will also showcase a program of Mr. Brooks’s early shorts (on Sunday).
212-660-0312, metrograph.com

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (through Oct. 14). N.Y.F.F.’s second week brings Projections, a sidebar of experimental film — but experimental doesn’t always mean inaccessible. A joyous, painstakingly crafted symphony of colors and textures, “The Grand Bizarre” (showing on Saturday and Sunday) finds the filmmaker Jodie Mack animating textiles and patterns from around the globe. Elsewhere in the festival, a retrospective honors Dan Talbot, the founder of New Yorker Films, who died in December, shortly before the closure of his Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. The program consists of films he was instrumental in bringing to American audiences, from the early Bernardo Bertolucci effort “Before the Revolution” (on Thursday) to “My Dinner With André” (on Tuesday), which Mr. Talbot’s company released and which enjoyed a long run at Lincoln Plaza. A highlight of the Spotlight on Documentary program is “Carmine Street Guitars” (on Saturday and Monday), a portrait of the Greenwich Village guitar shop that represents a vanishing New York in more ways than one: Not only has the store resisted gentrification, its owner builds guitars out of wood salvaged from city buildings.
212-875-5601, filmlinc.org

JORGE SEMPRÚN at Film Forum (through Oct. 11). A Spanish writer who fought in the French Resistance and was at various points a Communist and a Communist apostate, Mr. Semprún is perhaps most known in the realm of movies for his screenplay for Costa-Gravras’s political assassination thriller “Z” (showing on Saturday), a rare film in which a disclaimer at the outset — signed by both the screenwriter and the director — notes that any similarity to real figures is intentional. Film Forum is also giving a full run to “Stavisky” (through Thursday), a somewhat neglected Alain Resnais film with a screenplay by Mr. Semprún and a score by Stephen Sondheim. Jean-Paul Belmondo plays the title character, a real Russian-born confidence man whose exposure rocked the French government in the 1930s.
212-727-8110, filmforum.org


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